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Morro Bay Split Oak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from California
    13.9% ABV
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    13.9% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    A swirl of the glass showcases this wine's deep yet vibrant red color and releases its concentrated aroma of ripe cherry fruit. Mingled with the fruit are traces of chocolate and spice from oak aging. The soft tannins carry the palate through a long finish.

    Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

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    Morro Bay

    Morro Bay

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    Morro Bay, California
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    Morro Bay, a historic fishing village located between Santa Barbara and Monterey, is the inspiration for these finely crafted wines. Made using the classic French “Sur Lie” method, these wines are crisp, fruity, and well balanced, suited to a wide range of cuisine.


    The location of the Lange Family Estate vineyard in the Delta region of Lodi provides for dramatic temperature shifts from day to night due to the influence of the delta breeze from San Francisco Bay. This allows for a slower maturation of the grapes resulting in a better balance of acidity and complexity in the taste profile. Machine harvesting at night – cooler grapes, enhanced flavor concentration. The vineyards are hand-pruned by experienced work crews adept at spur selection. In addition to green harvesting, shoot removal and leaf pulling are employed to further enhance flavor concentration. All grapes are sorted via a sorting belt prior to being pressed.

    The vineyards are hand-pruned by experienced work crews adept at spur selection. In addition to green harvesting, shoot removal and leaf pulling are employed to further enhance flavor concentration. All grapes are sorted via a sorting belt prior to being pressed.

    Split Oak Estates is farmed sustainably and reviewed annually to ensure adherence to “green” practices. The winery is also sustainable, 40% of all energy is produced on-site using solar panels. Generation of all ozone for sanitation purposes (instead of chlorine), recirculation of water usage. Pummace from crush is used for weed suppressor and fertilizer.

    Morro Bay is proudly certified Lodi Rules. How is Morro Bay Better then Organic? The Lodi Rules program is more comprehensive. Organic practices comply with farming standards dealing with pesticide and fertilizer use as well as soil management. The Lodi Rules farming standards not only address those important issues but also encompasses the entire winemaking process including: Viticulture, Water managements, Farm ecosystem management, Pest management, and Human Resources.


    California

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

    In the Glass

    High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

    Sommelier Secrets

    Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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